Linerboard Antitrust Litigation
Berger Montague was one of a small group of court-appointed Executive Committee members who led this nationwide class action against producers of linerboard.
The complaint alleged that the defendants conspired to reduce production of linerboard in order to increase the price of linerboard and the corrugated boxes and sheets they are made from. The District Court’s opinion certifying a class of purchasers of cardboard sheets and boxes was affirmed by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in a widely cited opinion. See 305 F.3d 145 (3d Cir. 2002). The Supreme Court denied defendants petition for certiorari.
At the close of discovery, the case was settled for $202 million.
After granting final approval of the $202 million in settlements, Judge duBois of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania lauded the work of the attorneys involved as “superb” and noted Berger Montague’s role as co-manager on a day to day basis of “a major discovery effort.” See 2004 WL 1221350 (E.D. Pa. 2004).